By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
After decades of fighting with tight-fisted taxpayers and Republicans for more money, California's Democrats finally saw the revenue floodgates open Tuesday.
California Gov. Jerry Brown's $6 billion tax-increase initiative is losing steam as it enters the final stretch of the race, according to a poll released Thursday.
Legalizing marijuana is gaining traction in many places but apparently not in California, the state where the idea first took root.
California's Jerry Brown and New York's Andrew M. Cuomo won their gubernatorial election bids last year with strong support from public-employee unions, which puts them each in a particularly dicey position when it comes to their states' mammoth budget deficits.
"The governor and both legislative leaders vowed they are not going to raise taxes, but they also talked about programs they wanted to reinstate, and didn't identify where money for that program is going to come from" said Mr. Schnur. "Jerry Brown is smart, he knows voters didn't write him a big check."
"They buy his argument about the need for taxes to fund schools, but they don't think sending money to Sacramento is the right way to do it," said Mr. Schnur.